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See also: Reign
- raygne (obsolete)
reign (plural reigns)
- The exercise of sovereign power.
- England prospered under Elizabeth I's reign.
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- Saturn's sons received the threefold reign / Of heaven, of ocean, and deep hell beneath.
- The period during which a monarch rules.
- The reign of Victoria was a long one.
- The territory or sphere over which a kingdom; empire; realm; dominion, etc. is ruled.
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The exercise of sovereign power
The period during which a monarch rules
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- (intransitive) To exercise sovereign power, to rule as a monarch.
- He reigned in an autocratic manner.
- (transitive, rare, nonstandard) To reign over (a country)
- 2007, Anna Chilewska, Writing after the gaze: the rupture of the historical:
- The House of Piast reigned Poland from its foundation to 1385.
- To be the winner of the most recent iteration of a competition.
- To be a dominant quality of a place or situation; to prevail, predominate, rule.
- Silence reigned.
- 2007, Richard Bawden, “Redesigning Animal Agriculture: a Systemic Perspective”, in David L. Swain, Ed Charmley, John Steel, Shaun Coffey, editors, Redesigning Animal Agriculture: The Challenge of the 21st Century, CABI, page 1:
- Unfortunately – and ironically – the word ‘system’ itself is used in such a wide variety of contexts within animal science, as indeed it is in virtually every domain of human activity, that confusion reigns about what a systems-oriented research programme actually looks like and what systems-oriented animal scientists actually do.
exercise sovereign power
be a dominant quality of a place or situation